The very first shloka of Srimad Bhagavatam says:
The very first shloka of Srimad Bhagavatam says:
There was an asura named Kalyavan whose father before his birth had got a boon from Lord Shiva that he will beget a son who would not be killed by any weapon neither he would be killed by any suryavanshi or chandravanshi king.
Kalayavan was undefeated and unmatched in battle due to the boon and when he came to know that there was someone called Krishna who could defeat him, he attacked Mathura. Sri Krishna knew the boon Kalyavan had, so instead of attacking him he started fleeing away from the battlefield. Many advised him not to so as it will spoil his reputation (but when did he ever care about that! 😀 )
He continued walking and it was then he got the name “Ranchod” – the one who flees from the battlefield. Kalyavan was chasing him and feeling proud of his power! He was assuming that his terror is making Krishna leave the battlefield. But mysterious are the ways of the divine!
Krishna entered a dark cave and Kalyavan followed. In the cave a King named Muchukunda was sleeping after fighting for hundreds of years for the Devas. He did not get an opportunity to sleep even for a moment because of the fight. So he asked Indra for a boon that anyone who dares to disturb his sleep should get burnt to ashes immediately.
Krishna hid himself somewhere in the dark cave and Kalyavan in the dark mistook the sleeping Muchukunda to be Krishna. He kicked him several times. And when the King woke up and opened his eyes, with his one gaze Kalyavan was burnt to ashes.
This story tells us how God has absolutely no ego..Even though He was provoked and insulted many times to not leave the battlefield..and fight back..There was no ego to respond back 🙂
And another beautiful insight is that sometimes not doing anything is the greatest doing :).. As Krishna said in Mahabharat (*Plus series), sometimes leaving the battlefield is also part of the strategy. We are so caught up in doing so much that the idea of not doing anything at all is just imaginable..
But in the sphere of being, to say non-doing, the unseen shakti completely takes over..and thus what can be achieved by ‘being’ is manifolds of that which can be achieved by ‘doing’. So when you know you can not do anything about something, doing nothing becomes the best thing to do.!
Have you ever wondered even though Sri Krishna was born to Devaki, it was Yashoda who had the great fortune of bringing him up, feeding & witnessing the leelas of the one who created this universe?
Devaki and Vasudeva in their previous births did twelve thousand years of Tapas, as commanded by Prajapati.
Their penance & devotion pleased Narayana & He appeared before him asking them to ask for a boon. But then both Devaki and Vasudeva (Prishni & Sutatapas in that birth) were deluded by Maya!
So instead of asking for Moksha (liberation), they asked the lord to be born as their son! And the one who is in varada mudra always (ever-blessing) said “Tathastu” – as you wish, so be it. Following the boon, the lord was not just once but thrice born as their son. First as Prishnigarbha, then Vamana & Sri Krishna for the third time!
And when the lord was born to them as Krishna, they saw him not just as their son but the Narayana who was the all-pervading being! It was then that they were freed from the veil of Maya & Narayana assured them of liberation.
Yashoda & Nandababa, on the other hand, in all their births only prayed the lord to have their mind & heart totally immersed in his name & form and that is what He blessed them with!
So when given a choice of asking Him for a boon, be Yashoda & not Devaki! 🙂
She was married to five. She was the daughter-in-law of the mightiest kingdom of Hastinapur. Her father was a King too! She was born from fire (imagine the kind of tapas she would have done).
But in moments of utter despair, nobody came to her help.
Panadavas lost everything including themselves and their wife Draupadi in the game of dice. Draupadi was dragged with her hair and brought in the assembly. In agony she went to each and every person sitting there seeking for help.
And when she finally realized that nobody was capable of saving her honor, she remembered her sakha Sri Krishna. And with the remembrance, surrender happened. That was her ‘last’ call! Call to the Divine 🙂
And as the legend says Dushasana kept on pulling the saree but it continued extending manifolds. Finally he got so tired continue pulling the never-ending saree that he himself wass forced to stop !
We place our faith in people, things, situations. But have you seen that in moments of utter helplessness, only the divine protects us. Helpless or not, He continues to protect us..but we are more aware in the moments of grief 😉
Yes! He may ‘choose’ to come in the form of a person, thing or even a situation.. But the point is that it’s ‘Him’ and Him alone :).. People, things and situations are not to be blamed. That’s how this samsara is!
But what is worth remembering is..is He is your ‘Last’ call or the very first one..? To Him it basically doesn’t matter..whether you remember Him at the first or the very end. You remember Him that’s good enough for Him! 🙂
In Srimad Bhagavatam there is a story of king Ajamila who got liberated because he was chanting Narayana just before his death. No he wasn’t remembering god but his youngest son “Narayana”.
What compassion He has!
As Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “You will find the Divine in the last place, because once you find it, you will not go on searching.”
Read this interesting incident in Srimad Bhagavatam.
During his childhood, Krishna would stealthily enter houses to steal butter. Gopis would try their best to save the butter! But the small devil knew all tricks and tactics to reach the butter.
So once when Krishna was stealing in one of the houses, the Gopi happened to see him and caught him with his ear.
And began to scold him,”You thief! Aren’t you ashamed! Why do you steal from my house?”
And little Krishna matching her voice tone said loudly, “This is ‘my’ house & ‘you’ are the thief!” and started giggling!
Whatever we ‘think’ is ours, is His alone. His grace alone lets it come, stay and fade away too..
So what is that which belongs to us? It’s Him alone! And instead of owning him, we try to own the chintu-puntu (read as tiny small) things which ‘by the way’ come along with him! 🙂 It’s like saying I don’t want the product but the free gift hamper which comes along with it!
I am sure He must be laughing at our foolishness. For when you know that you own Him, all the ‘by the way’ things come along 😉 Isn’t it?
So who is the ‘real’ thief? 🙂
I recently had the great fortune of listening to Srimad Bhagavatam. The stories started with Matsya, Kurma, Vamana and so on avataras of Lord Vishnu. But as soon as we reached Krishna avtara there was a vibration of love spread all across the hall.
It is amazing how every time we talk of Bhuvanasundara Sri Krishna, we experience an unexplainable intense love!
I hope you are not expecting an explanation for the question of what makes Krishna soo lovable from this post! For I have none..
Rukmini in a letter written to him calls him, “Bhuvanasundara”, the most beautiful of all..And mind you she has Only heard about him..not even met him once! He has dark blue complexion, he has a huge fan following meaning he has many to give attention to, he is a so-called thief who loves to steal and eat & yet he is soo much loved! Even the dispassionate iron hearts get pulled towards his magnetic form.
As a Hindu for me, Krishna paintings & idols are something which have managed to go even beyond the heart and touch my soul!
We are so used to keeping god at a distance..many pedestals above us. He is something to be respected & worshiped (that’s what our parents told us).
But with Krishna there is no distance.. He takes on all the roles for you. Naughty, trouble-maker, mischievous child with those big innocent eyes,best friend, perfect lover..perfect sakha..amazing Guru! There is a connect with him which is not just because of obligation & respect but because of a sense of belonging completely to him..
There is a shloka in sanskrit which says that there is no difference between Guru, God & Self. We are ‘That’. It’s true! But Krishna is like that mirror which makes you see and feel the divinity & love inside of you! For we can see us in him so easily..He is a child who has refused to grow up & tell me who doesn’t love a child!
Sometimes I feel that the purpose of his birth was not to receive the love of Gokul, Vrindavan, Mathura & so many others..But to evoke that love that Bhakti in each one of those who witnessed & even just heard about his Leelas.. And it’s amazing how after more than 5000 years his name & leelas have the same effect! 🙂
I recently watched the Mahabharat TV series. Got so inspired that decided to start writing my learnings from the historical epic!
The only thing was I wanted to begin from the beginning which was not happening.. So decided to write about an incident which is towards the end of Mahabharat. So the end of Mahabharat is the beginning of this blog 😉
Will try to follow the chronological order henceforth..lets see what follows naturally 🙂
So the incident is after the Mahabharat war is over, Pandavas return to Hastinapur. Kunti along with Dhritarashtra and Gandhari receives the news of their arrival. Dhritarashtra is very angry with all the Pandavas, Bheem in particular, who killed all his 100 sons.
He announces that he will embrace Bheem and crush all his bones and left in anger to receive the Pandavas. Gandhari & Kunti shared a special sisterly bond. Gandhari on hearing this becomes a little perturbed and asks Kunti to leave & inform Pandavas about the same & protect them. But Kunti refuses to do so saying the “Shakti”, divine energy, which had protected her sons during the 18 days of the war, if it wishes will continue to protect them.
The wise words of Kunti reflects her state of total surrender and faith in the Divine intervention. It conveys that everything happens with the Divine will (including the thought that I have free will 😉 )
Like Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says Wake up and see – are you really ever in control? What do you control? Perhaps a tiny part of your waking state! You are not in control when you are sleeping or dreaming. You are not in control of the thoughts and emotions coming to you. Most of the functions of your body are not under your control. Do you think you are in control of all the events in your life, in the world, or in the universe? That is a joke!
Letting go of the illusion of control is the real freedom..real surrender! When you know that where is the question of fear? You just know that you are in the lap of the divine fully protected & taken care of..
To complete the story, our Bhuvanasundara Sri Krishna senses the anger of Dhritarashtra and places a statue before him for embracing. Dhritarashtra embraces it and crushes it into powder and it is then when his anger cools down and he decides to forgive the Pandavas.
Hope you enjoyed reading! 🙂
Sri Krishnarapanam Astu! Jai Gurudev! 🙂